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Centre committed to holistic development of J&K: Giriraj Singh

Jammu: Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Giriraj Singh and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha e-launched Unique Land Parcel Identification Number (ULPIN) and Survey of Villages Abadi and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas (SVAMITVA), two ambitious projects in Jammu and Kashmir.

While launching the schemes, the LG remarked that the technology-based schemes will change the rural landscape in terms of quick and convenient access to the land-owners, especially those living in ‘abadi-deh’.

“The initiatives will also help eliminate corruption and hence, it is another step towards people-friendly, transparent, corruption-free governance,” said the LG.

Pertinently, J&K is the 13th State/UT in the country to implement ULPIN.

Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh said that these initiatives are reflective of the central government’s working on the principles of ease of doing compliance and transparency.

He said that the union government is committed to the holistic development of Jammu and Kashmir.

He also complemented the LG-led UT administration for ensuring implementation of 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments, as J&K is among very few states/UTs which have wholly transferred the funds, functions, and functionaries to the PRIs and Urban Local Bodies, an official press release informed.

Referring to the transfer of powers to PRIs and ULBs, Singh said, “the fact that what had not been done since 1992 has been done effectively in the last one year shows the UT administration’s commitment towards people-friendly policies and decentralization of powers.”

It may be mentioned that ULPIN will be a single, authoritative source of information on any parcel of land or property to facilitate the Direct Benefit Transfer to the accounts of farmers/landowners, availing loan, disaster relief, etc. The unique parcel number like Aadhar will help in auto-update of registration and mutation. Further integration of ULPIN with various services will greatly facilitate the land/property owners, the press release said.

It said SVAMITVA will be like a property card with legal sanctity, an authoritative source reflective of record of ownership/possession. The schemes, encompassing the length and breadth of the Union Territory, will involve the use of the most modern technology for surveys, extraction of data and final compilation of the records for public use. These are the latest initiatives in the government of India’s reforms in land records.

The schemes will be completed within a year. Once completed, they will empower the villagers and landowners to access the revenue records of their properties, obviating the dependence on human interface.

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